ST PETERSBURG — Brazil got two goals in injury-time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday.
However the performance was arguably tainted by an outrageous dive from Neymar, who flung himself to the ground after minimal contact from Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez in the 77th minute.
Philippe Coutinho stabbed home from six metres out in the 91st minute and then Neymar volleyed a second six minutes later to get the five-times world champions up and running in their pursuit of a sixth title.
Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form.
The result takes Brazil to the top of Group E with four points, while Costa Rica have none and therefore exit the competition.
Neymar thought he had a penalty with 13 minutes remaining when the referee awarded a spot-kick, then changed his decision after a video assistant referee (VAR) review and adjudging he dived.Follow @gorkhapost
ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player
KATHMANDU— All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.
A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.
In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.
The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.Follow @gorkhapost